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Table with gourds
Fall

Quick container makeover

For all you fellow Canadians, if your red geraniums still look good but white petunias have faded, add some white mums and white pumpkins to your planters for an easy patriotic fall arrangement. Happy Thanksgiving to all in Canada!! 🙂

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Butterfly on a flower
Gardening

Fertilizing 101. part 3: fertilizers for the fall

Here we are in the third day of fall in southern Ontario and it’s a steamy 31 deg celsius (88 F).  I have watered more in the last week than all of the summer!  Annuals are blooming madly and the butterflies are still hanging about. A swallowtail on my lantana However, it is fall and

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Fertilizing 101, part 2: soils
Gardening

Fertilizing 101, part 2: soils

I started to write this blog and quickly realized it would be waaay too long if I write about both soil and fertilizer. So this one will be an introduction to soils and what makes a good soil. The backbone of a healthy and productive garden is the soil.  It both supports and feeds the

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Fertilizing 101, part 1 - Feeding your garden
Gardening

Fertilizing 101, part 1

Most of us know that plants create their own food through photosynthesis, in the presence of light and chlorophyll, carbon dioxide and water are combined to make sugar and oxygen.  Sugar is then converted to starch in order to store the energy.  Plants also need various macro and micronutrients derived from the soil in order

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Colourful summer flower combos
Gardening

Summer Colour Combos

Colour and colour combinations are a very personal choice and when clients ask me to do what “I think looks good” because they don’t know, I make sure to get a feel of the colours they like.  I look at their interior colour schemes, deep jewel like tones or pale neutrals and carry that out

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Bees in pink flowers
Gardening

Bee Not Afraid

With the ongoing concern about declining bee populations, I am still surprised by the number of clients who don’t want “flowers” that attract bees.  They are afraid of being stung and lump any flying buzzing insect under bees.  In reality it is more often wasps that sting, not bees, so todays blog is how to

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Bee in a flower
Gardening

Trapped by the garden

I keep meaning to write a blog but am lured by the siren song of the garden!!  The weather is glorious for the moment, the first roses are opening even before the paeonies! Even in my small suburban garden, nature moves to her own rhythm.  A swallowtail butterfly visits my Korean lilac bush every spring.

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lily tulips
Gardening

The Big Players

Crazy, crazy weather, global warming and we’re having one of the coldest, wettest Mays in a long time here in southern Ontario with serious flooding in eastern Ontario, Quebec and around Canada.  In spite of the cold and rain, the spring blooms march on with the big players blowing their trumpets…tulips and daffodils.  Even though I’m

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Gardening

Plant Hardiness Zones

First blossom of the year peaking out from my hazel “Arnold’s Promise” Enjoy but don’t be fooled by this tempting spring weather.  We may be lucky and have an early spring or get walloped in March by the proverbial lion!  This weather has me in the mood though and thinking about what to put in

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Gardening

Gardens of Sweden – Carl Linnaeus

Back in 2009, I had the privilege of visiting my dearest friend in Sweden and seeing some of the loveliest gardens and historic landscapes in northern Europe.  She lived in Uppsala, the home of the famous “father of taxonomy” Carl Linnaeus.  He first studied at the University of Uppsala and later became a professor and

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